DATA CONVERSION & EXTRACTION
How does an organization decide whether to use a data transformation tool to manage their data migration effort, or simply employ a group of willing and able technical experts to accept the bulk of the workload?
Typically, the decision is made based upon the comparison of the monetary cost of a transformation tool and the cost of employing a few extra pairs of hands. Can you guess which option a manager that had data migration listed on the project plan as one task opts for more often?
This is not to say that the purchase of a solution is the only way through. We believe, however, that many people do not truly understand all of the benefits that can be delivered.
For all of the reasons that might exist, there exists an obvious and desperate need for a sound, methodological approach by which organizations can tackle migration projects. We have performed all these tasks on many occasions and have refined our methods to efficiently perform the migration task so you don't have to worry!
Data migration is a necessary evil, but not an impossible one to conquer. The key is to prepare for it very early on, and continue to monitor data migration throughout the life of the project. Project timelines tend to become more rigid as time passes, so it really makes sense to meet migration head on. A devoted team with a clearly defined project plan from the inception of the project, armed with automated tools where applicable, is indeed the formula to success.